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Saturday 6th November 2021 Queenborough Harbour, South St, Queenborough ME11 5AF

A trip to the Thames Red Sands Forts for sunrise

A great opportunity to photograph these wonderful WW2 Forts from the water for the chance to capture them against the light of sunrise .


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About this event

Join us for this fantastic opportunity to capture The Red Sands Forts at dawn in the Thames Estuary! The Red Sands Forts, also known as the Maunsell army forts were built during the Second World War to aid Britain's defence against attack. These large installations compromise of seven interconnected steel platforms, five carried guns arranged in a semicircle around the control centre and accommodation and the seventh fort, set further out than the gun towers, was the searchlight tower.

Departing at circa 05:30 from Queenborough Harbour on our own private dedicated photography boat, our ETA to the forts will be 06:15, 45 minutes before sunrise at 7am, giving ample time to capture any dawn light before the sun breaks above the waves. We will be positioned with the forts ahead and sunrise behind them for the first part of the morning, so that dawn will break behind the Forts giving the opportunity to capture them with dramatic skies behind. We will then re position for a different angle after the sun has risen for the chance to capture them illuminated by the golden hour light. Our trip will give us 2 hours out at the forts before returning to Queenborough Harbour for circa 09:30-10am.

As this is a weather dependant trip we have also reserved the 7th November which will act as a back up date if the weather on the 6th proves to be too challenging for photography. We will make a weather assessment 24 hours before the event and advise everyone accordingly. In the event of the weather being bad for both the 6th and 7th November 2021 we would postpone to a date in 2022.

The ticket price includes an on board continental breakfast and teas and coffees.

*Images copyright: Kevin Long

Event requirements


  • Spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Lense cloths
  • Lenses
  • Camera protection - rain covers etc


  • All levels welcome


  • Low

Other essentials

  • Sturdy outdoor shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Wet weather gear

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